SB 488 Clears Its First Committee — We’re Closer to Pest-Free Housing!

As we shared the other week, RAMP is co-sponsoring SB 488 (Hueso), which would give authority to determine pest infestations to local code enforcement officers in jurisdictions without the services of a County Health Officer. Such authority would help fill an enforcement gap so that all tenants, regardless of what area they live in, can have access to support to keep their homes pest-free. Because of the clear links between exposure to pests and asthma and because substandard housing conditions are more common in the same low income communities and communities of color where we find the strongest disparities in asthma rates and outcomes, addressing this loophole is an important step in addressing the community and environmental inequities that contribute to asthma disparities.

We’re happy to share the news that yesterday SB 488 passed through the Senate Health Committee and is on its way to the Senate floor. Click here to learn more about this issue.  If you’d like to support this bill, you can fax a letter of support to Senator Hueso’s office.  Click here for a sample letter, including contact information.

Thank you for your support for this important effort! We’ll be in touch again soon with additional opportunities to voice your support for this bill.